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What every leader needs to know about dignity and how to create a culture in which everyone thrives
This landmark book from an expert in dignity studies explores the essential but underrecognized role of dignity as part of good leadership. Extending the reach of her award‑winning book Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, Donna Hicks now contributes a specific, practical guide to achieving a culture of dignity.
Most people know very little about dignity, the author has found, and when leaders fail to respect the dignity of others, conflict and distrust ensue. Hicks highlights three components of leading with dignity: what one must know in order to honor dignity and avoid violating it; what one must do to lead with dignity; and how one can create a culture of dignity in any organization, whether corporate, religious, governmental, healthcare, or beyond. Brimming with key research findings, real‑life case studies, and workable recommendations, this book fills an important gap in our understanding of how best to be together in a conflict‑ridden world.
“With engaging intelligence, Hicks makes a lucid case for the importance of acknowledging a person’s worth within organizations and businesses. It’s a useful book, not only for managers and CEOs, but for anyone wanting to better understand how to bring about the best in themselves and those around them.”—Nina MacLaughlin, The Boston Globe
"[The Chapters] combine excellent, contemporary real-life case studies with the author's extensive research and personal experiences to present an insightful and unique approach to organizational leadership and the strategic creation of an organizational culture . . . In an era in which personal worth no longer seems of importance, at whatever level, to global leaders, this book is a timely addition to leadership studies."—S. R. Kahn, Choice
Winner of the 2019 PROSE awards, Business, Management and Finance category
“Leading with Dignity conveys a simple, but powerful message: people want to be treated well, and when they are, it brings out the best in them.”—Jon Gordon, author of The Energy Bus and The Power of Positive Leadership
“This 'how-to' sparks the scaling of dignity within and across us to strengthen human and social capacity. A gift to give and get.”—Dana Born, Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University
“Nothing short of a landmark publication that will change and influence the public conversation on how we organize and manage."—Michael Pirson, Fordham University
“There has never been a more important time for dignity to be recognized as the key to outstanding institutional, organizational, and community leadership. This book offers a practical and empowering roadmap showing leaders how to build, strengthen, and energize their organizations by cultivating the dignity of all people.”—Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
“Corporate codes of ethics list treating people with dignity as a core value. Hicks’s book Leading with Dignity brilliantly explains its meaning through practical steps resulting in an ethical culture.”—W. Michael Hoffman, Executive Director of the Center for Business Ethics, Bentley University